Viola da gamba player for hire! The sonority of the viola da gamba is akin to the cello but it's much more ethereal. It was a frequently used instrument in the baroque period, and became popular again in recent times. If you are looking for something like a cello, but with more soul look no further.
I'm a cello and viola da gamba player from Budapest. I've been playing cello from the age of 6 and viola da gamba for over 10 years now. I graduated from the cello department of Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. I play in many styles and genres and specialize in baroque and early music. I play regularly in chamber music orchestras and consorts, and have experience in the studio as well.
After we agree on a price I will record a viola da gamba or cello part for your project.
Send me your recording, and I will write and record (in wav) a viola da gamba or cello part for it, or If you have written parts for it I can play it as is.
Here are two short videos (recorded, edited, and mixed by me, in my home studio):
Cello - https://youtu.be/UNQitHlAI14
Viola da gamba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB-r_tIqlCU&feature=youtu.be
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2 ReviewsEndorse Dorothy Richter
Dorothy was professional, courteous and respectful in our exchanges, and her beautiful viola da gamba playing was exactly what our project needed!
Moreover, she was incredibly flexible with her time, and was willing to accommodate our quick deadline.
This was a completely positive experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dorothy to anyone in the soundbetter community.
I contacted Dorothy to play the cello and to see if the Gamba could add some flavor to my song and it's amazing.
I am used to hearing the cello but the way she played the Gamba adds spice and personality to the song.
I'm really happy.
Interview with Dorothy Richter
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My cello has been in my family since it was made, more than a hundred years ago in Germany. I own a custom made Gamba which was made in 2013 by the master luthier Szabolcs Bárdi of wich I am really proud of. My bow was made by Jacek Wesolowski in 2013. I record with a large diaphragm condenser microphone through an onyx blackjack audio interface into reaper.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I think the point of any satisfying job is to be pleased with the process itself, to experience the "flow". And I am proud every time a customer is satisfied with the result.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I always make more and more reference content, if I have time between my orders. I can't run out of ideas what "I have to do". :)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: A good friend of mine who's a great trumpeter, you can find here: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/66716-gerg%C5%91-bille And of course my husband, who is a bouble bass player: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/242426-miskolczi-mark
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: In my case, this question is devoid of reason, because I play acoustic instruments.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'm only going to deliver a work when it makes me 100% content. I'll work until it's the best that I can do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That my work is my hobby, my passion. My husband is also a musician. The most wonderful thing is the mood how we live our life. Almost everything in our life revolves around music. Making it, listening to it discussing it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: People often ask me how much does my instrument weigh on my back. It is 8 kg. :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people ask me why do I wax my bow. :D It's rosin, not wax. The horse hair, which is what bows are made of would be slippery if we "waxed" it. We apply rosin, to make it stick more. :)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask about the pitch, I think it's importanat to clear A=440 Hz, 442 Hz or 415 Hz.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think any relationship can work if the parties can communicate well with each other and trust each other. I advise you to trust your intuitions and hire someone who is sympathetic to you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Besides the mosquito net? :) My instruments, music stand and a "Bach all works", of course.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: All of my life music was my number one plan. I have been doing this since I was 6.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I can play and enjoy every type of music, but my specialty is baroque and early music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like it when music serves an other art form. Be it a movie score,a documentary, an animation or when I have to accompany a dance performance. In this case it would seem that the music is just in the background but in fact it has double the role, double the responsibility.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust your intuitions and gut feeling when you choose a performer. Be as precise and open as you can and communicate all of your concerns and preferences. Be open in general.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: In my orders I most often get asked to play in pop songs. In my personal life I prefer baroque and early music. That's why I play on these instrument which are also from the period.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I got reviews more than once saying "she delivered exactly what I imagined". Maybe this is the most important skill in my case: to understand every piece's inner workings and figure out what kind of playing it demands from me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mostly when someone hires me, they are looking for a "certain" atmosphere. This mood most often than not is a bit melancholic, slow and sentimental. This is because my instrument's sonority and the attitude can trigger very deep feelings. But fear not! They can also be joyous and happy - as you can see my profile videos. :)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I listen the music in question with a notebook and I sketch the structure of the song. And then comes my favorite part: to listen to the song in repeat, while the instrument is in my hand. I improvise until I develop the most fitting accompaniment or solo. After that I have nothing to do just write it down and record it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think there is no such thing as good or bad music, only good or bad interpretation. I think it is about the people, who makes the music. When the musicians in a group look to each other and to the music in a humble manner. When we can almost feel the attention. Maybe this is why free genres of music like experimental music, and improvisation really inspires me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is to play a cello solo to a song in progress. Various genres like pop, rock or metal. Beside this I often write and play arrangements for string orchestra. Sometimes I play classical or romantic pieces from great composers like Rachmaninov or Max Bruch which I really enjoy. On the viola da gamba I mostly improvise introductions or interludes for completed songs, and if the song and the customer allows it I love to play more voices than one. I think this can enhance a song a lot.